China Team Journal

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Thought for the day:

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. -Lao Tzu


Today was a free day, so we pursued various interests at our personal choice of energy level. Warrenes cold was --about 70%. better, so he took it easy most of the day. Claudia and Gretchen discovered a pastry shop and a scarf store and discovered the road theyed been searching for to Mama Fues Restaurant. Susan and Gretchen used their coffee coupons in the hotel coffee shop and had a nice long chat.

Lynn and I went to the Stone Forest. Our driver didnet speak English and our Chinese was about the same, so he stopped en route and picked up his teenage daughter, who served as translator. They dropped us at the entrance to the SF, where we wandered happily for several hours, taking many photos. The day was overcast with occasional drizzles until about noon, so we were quite comfortable walking around.

The many rock formations were large and dramatically colored in various shades and patterns of white, grey, and black. From a distance they seemed to resemble buildings or creatures. Our guides had already eaten when we returned, but they recommended a nearby restaurant and we had a good lunch, seated at a low table on elementary-school-size stools. After we left Stone Forest, we visited one of Lynnes students, May, and her husband and niece for tea, apples, and cookies. They were great hosts and we had a fine time. Our guides took us home around 4:30 and we all had dinner together at 6:00 as usual except for Anna and Susan, who were out with friends. It was a lovely weekend.